Trump wings it on Middle East peace

Doyle BarkerFeb 21, 2017

Kerry's plan also included that both Israel and Palestine should share Jerusalem al-Quds as their shared internationally recognized capital, which Tel Aviv calls it its "undivided" capital.

Business and religious leaders, lawyers, academics, entertainers and former politicians have joined forces to oppose Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Australia, saying his policies "provoke, intimidate and oppress" the Palestinian people and are pushing the Middle East further from peace. For decades, intelligence analysts have regarded Israel's Unit 8200 as one of the most elite in the world.

A spokesman for Netanyahu declined to comment on the report.

"It's not only that we're both innovation nations". Actually, it's an old one rewarmed by Netanyahu, who previous year proposed that Israel build on its common interests with Sunni states such as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, which also are focused on containing Iranian expansionism and destroying Islamic jihadists. It is that we're committed to a better world.

The Heat: Netanyahu visits Washington Pt 2Tonight's panel takes a look at Netanyahu and Trump and the future of security and peace in the Middle East with Chuck Freilich, a former deputy National Security Adviser in Israel and senior analyst at the Israeli Ministry of Defense and Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute.

"Netanyahu did not accept Kerry's proposal and said he would have difficulty getting it approved by his governing coalition", Haaretz wrote yesterday.

So sensitive is the issue that Israeli authorities rarely - if ever - specifically name Arab countries when speaking publicly on the subject, with the exception of Egypt and Jordan which have peace deals with Israel and maintain diplomatic relations.

The state visit to Bangladesh by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has underlined once again the firm commitment of our country for the people of Palestine and for Palestine achieving sovereign statehood.

Herzog said the two-state option was a pre-condition for any broad-based regional initiative. He has also promised to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to fortify Israel's claim to the city as its capital, and appointed an ambassador with close ties to the settlement movement.

Such an arrangement has always been an Israeli dream, but it ignores, as former secretary of state John Kerry noted, deeply felt Arab attachment to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, also at the Munich conference, said he supported the creation of a Palestinian state.

"We know that it is a very complex situation, but we hope that Israel and Palestine can resume direct negotiations and make progress towards a just and durable solution to this long-standing and often unfortunately violent conflict", Lee said.

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